When a pregnant woman starts to long or crave for a particular food, how should one respond? Often, the husband is the one most affected by this new experience. Is this craving biologically explainable? How can this be handled?
When I had Myco, the first sign that I was pregnant was my longing for banana cue. There’s nothing quite special or different in that, except that I normally do not like banana cue. To make it worst, I wanted one with burnt caramel on top of it.
Then the next food I asked Romel to buy for me regularly was Hungarian Goulash. This is spaghetti with very big meat balls in them, with delicious tomato sauce and cheese!!! This was sold only in Ororama Food Court.
Then the last food item in the list was Champorado!!!
And mind you, it should be very chocolatey, with lots of milk and sugar, and frozen cold, and eaten when everyone in the house were already sleeping!
Then Ella came. I craved for Palabok (from Sky Burger) everyday, and on those days when Romel didn’t buy me Palabok? I cried like a baby!!!
With April I craved for hard-boiled eggs and Siopao.
But, I only ate the white parts ha ha ha! And whenever we would watch a movie, I’d ask Romel to buy me hard boiled eggs for snacks! I can still remember how embarrassed he was when I cracked open the eggs shells on the back of the seats ;D
For Sarah, well, the longing for Champorado came back!
Still very chocolatey, sweet, and chilled well!
And for this particular pregnancy, I loved mud crabs!
Last but not the least (for now he he he!), was when I had Romelson!
Ironically, I craved again for hard boiled eggs, and ate only the egg whites. Then again there’s the ever dependable Siopao.
Surprisingly, it was only in this pregnancy that I hated the smell of sauteed garlic, onion, and tomatoes! During this time we were operating a food outlet in Malaybalay, and during food preparation time, I would go very far from the kitchen just to avoid the smell. This lasted for four months, hah!
For one, I know that I wanted those foods very very badly.
Second, that the craving actually disappeared after a period of time.
Third, that during my five (5) pregnancies, I did not only hate some foods, I also hated seeing particular people too!
Romel was very supportive.
Most days he bought me the food I wanted.
However, there were also times he wasn’t there, for he had to work too!, and so I bought the food i wanted myself, and brought along a child or two.
Looking back and remembering all those experiences, I could not help but smile.
So for my legacy, I share them to my children.
As it brings back great old memories, it fosters a stronger bond between me and my children.
Remembering too makes me realize how blessed I am to have such a wonderful and supportive husband.
I will always feel deep gratitude for Romel for his sacrifices, his understanding, his generosity, and his love.